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Paul Pogba leaning towards Manchester United stay

Paul Pogba has been impressed by Manchester United’s recruitment over the summer and is now more open to signing a contract extension.

Talks will continue between Pogba’s representatives and the club over his future, with the France international inside the final year of his contract at Old Trafford.

There had been fears that Pogba was running down his Manchester United contract in order to get a bigger contract elsewhere – to leave for either Real Madrid or PSG on a free – after seeing the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.

Tom Heaton too, of course.

Ronaldo’s homecoming on Saturday was a special occasion as United beat Newcastle 4-1 and the Portuguese superstar scored a brace.

But Pogba deserved some headline space too, for his two assists which takes his tally to seven for the season – with United sitting on top of the league.

Now the tide has changed in terms of Pogba’s contract situation and Sky Sports claim an extension has not been ruled out at some point. Moreover, The Athletic has learnt that Saturday had a significant bearing on the player’s thinking over his future.

It helps that Pogba has such a fantastic relationship with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United are said to be realistic about the situation and have started making contingency plans in case the midfielder decides to depart – plans that could be easily shelved.

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